The Florida Panthers selected Swedish defenseman Linus Nassen in the third round (89th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.
In the season prior to being chosen by Florida, Nassen played 10 scoreless games with Lulea HF of the top-level Swedish Hockey League and 42 games with Lulea’s J-20 squad, where put up five goals and 21 points.
After his selection by Florida, Nassen spent one more year in Sweden with the Lulea organization before coming over to North America.
Nassen played the 2017-18 season for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL and scored one goal in 44 games. The young blueliner assisted on 25 goals to finish with a respectable 26 points to go along with a -11 rating and saw action in three games of Medicine Hat’s six-game loss to Brandon in the opening round of the playoffs.
A second season with the Tigers saw Nassen build on his numbers from the year prior, as he produced 7 goals and 39 assists while posting a +6 rating in 62 games. He was very effective in Medicine Hat’s opening-round playoff loss to Edmonton, scoring three times and adding two assists in five games.
After not receiving an entry-level contract from the Panthers, Nassen spent most of the 2019-20 season with the SHL’s Vaxjo Lakers. He played in 35 games and did not produce a point and posted a -4 rating. Nassen also made seven regular appearances with MODO Hockey in the second tier HockeyAllsvenskan and played two qualification games for that club as it tried to move up before the postseason was canceled on March 15.
Nassen is still listed on Florida’s reserve list, but would need to be signed to a contract by June 1 for the club to retain his rights. The chances of that happening seem somewhere between slim and none as he is currently slated to play the upcoming season with Vaxjo and hasn’t really done enough to warrant a North American comeback. Maybe we’ll see Nassen on this side of the pond again the future, but i doubt it will be with the Cats.
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